Format Reflections

I was scrolling through my library last night, looking at images I have captured with various film stocks, cameras, mediums and so on. I decided to pull an image from each format I have used as ones representing my "highlight" shots from them. Maybe not the most technically sound images, or the perfect everything - but if I could show one image from that format and how I feel it should be represented, these are my results and why:


For the 35mm category, I went with this above image taken of Kelsea aboard the F/V Rimrack a couple summers ago off the coast of Nantucket.  I chose this one because I view the 35mm as an "on the go" camera, for quickly capturing life as it happens. This was taken with the Leica M2 with a Carl Zeiss C Sonnar 1.5/50 attached. The film was Kodak Portra 400, developed by Richard Photo Lab in California. 

Medium Format

Here, I chose an image captured this summer at Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport, Maine. The camera was the Pentax 67 with the 90mm lens attached. I feel this one really captures the subtle beauty that you only really see in Medium Format (MF) film. Rich colors, smooth grain and just the right depth. Though the MF cameras are not as "on the go" as a 35mm, they also are not as set-up intense as a Large Format. I shot this on FujiPro 400H and it was once again developed by the wizards at Richard. 

Large Format

Finally, onto my Large Format (LF) image. As the most cumbersome format - it is also one that rewards you greatly for doing things right. I feel this is my "pinnacle" image of doing just that. Here, I took an image of fellow photographer, Anna, in her home in Concord using the Chamonix 45n2 4x5 LF camera. I exposed this onto Ilford HP5+ using a Schneider 5.6/150. This was self-defeloped at home.